Africa Facts Summit kick off in Mauritius

The Africa Fact Summit, the largest gathering of fact-checkers, researchers, and journalists in the continent, has commenced at the University of Mauritius. 

This year’s event is scheduled for Oct. 5th to 6th, 2023, and will centre around the theme, “Building Non-Partisan Fact-Checking on the Continent.” 

A keynote presentation by Andrew Dudfield of Full Fact will look into the impact of AI on fact-checkers; a session by Mevan Babakar will centre on the support Google offers fact-checking in Africa; while Clara Jimenez of the European Fact-checking Standards Network (EFCSN) will focus on the strengths of network and collaboration.

Panel sessions during the summit will focus on fact-checking during elections, climate change, media literacy, and using cartoons for fact-checking, among others.

DUBAWA is expected to feature in some of the sessions. Silas Jonathan, DUBAWA’s fact-checker, will be on a panel to discuss ‘Fact-checking elections’ and lead a workshop on the impacts of bots on the Nigerian 2023 elections. Both sessions will be held on the first day.

In a breakaway session on the same day, Monsur Hussain of DUBAWA will lead the audience on the organisation’s novel innovation of building an audio platform that automatically extracts claims for fact-checking on the radio.

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